The word remake seems to be Hollywood’s favorite word as of late.  Typically when we hear this word we are used to timeless classics being dusted off and brought back to the silver screen with a fresh look.  However, with movies like Man of Steel [2013] and The Amazing Spider-Man [2012] coming soon, it proves that even the not-so-old are being remade.  If Hollywood does prequels, sequels or requels [we’re trying to start a new word for remake, your job is to use that in a sentence this week] people often sigh to themselves and say something to the effect of, ‘Hollywood is so unoriginal’.  But here’s the deal.  When the Man of Steel and The Amazing Spider-Man come out…I’ll buy a ticket. Unless Jesus comes back prior to their release, I plan to watch both of those films.  So the real question is, who’s unoriginal?  Us or Hollywood?

You see, this may be a fairly obvious statement, but Hollywood doesn’t buy a ticket to go see a movie.  That is, the actors, actresses and filmmakers don’t even visit the local cineplex.  (Side thought: I wonder when Steven Spielberg last purchased a movie ticket and what movie that was?)  The point is, none of those people are keeping Hollywood going, we are.  I understand that Spielberg, Abrams and…even Michael Bay are keeping Hollywood going.  But if we stop purchasing tickets, they stop making films.

Hollywood is just churning out movies we are going to see and they know what type of movies we want to see.  What does this say about us?  The fact that Superman Returns [2006] can come out and bomb at the box office and remake one seven years later, says something about us not Hollywood.  One could apply Proverbs 26:11 to the idea of a Superman remake, “Like a dog that returns to his vomit, is a fool who repeats his folly.” Is Hollywood simply returning to their folly or does that proverb apply more easily to us?

Whether it’s Conan the Barbarian, Fright Night or Superman, we all long to remember yet are prone to forget.  When I say that we long to remember, I mean that we love the feeling nostalgia brings to each of us.  For an older generation, remaking Fright Night or Conan will cause one to return to a former time or bring back a previous emotion we forgot.  This desire for the feel of nostalgia is true of all human beings because of the garden.

The garden was perfect and our first parents, Adam and Eve, experienced it.  Through them, we were all designed for perfection but lost that when we thought we knew better than God.  Therefore, there is a longing to remember those days our first parents experienced in the garden, and nostalgia often gives us false notions of a time that was easier and better than our previous state.

Although we long to remember, we are also prone to forget.  While we love the feeling nostalgia often brings and even desire, at times, to return to those moments, we forget that those times were marred with sin just as the current times are.  While Hollywood wants to create a new fan-base for old films like Night and Conan, there is also something greater they are longing for in these remakes.  We will delve a bit deeper into this thought on tomorrow’s post, so be sure and check back.

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  3. […] their craft, tell a better story, or develop a character more deeply.  As I have posted before (here and here) I think there is a deeper longing to be re-created.  Everything gets old and worn out, […]

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